No decision has been about who will start at quarterback for the Redskins when they face the Bills on Saturday afternoon, but the signs are pointing toward Rex Grossman.
An MRI on Kirk Cousins’ sprained right foot turned up no structural damage, but Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports that Cousins said it would be “pushing it” for him to be on the field for the Buffalo game. Given the recent history of Washington quarterbacks when they try to push through an injury, this should a good moment to show off what they learned from Robert Griffin III’s knee injury in the playoffs last season.
Cousins is on board with that plan, saying that it is more important for him to be as close to 100 percent as possible in the regular season than it is for him to get more reps in the preseason. While playing Grossman may limit some of what the Redskins would ideally like to do on Saturday, it’s hard to argue that there would be more reward than risk from starting Cousins when there’s still a possibility that Griffin won’t be ready to play Week One.
That possibility seems a slim one, but the fact that it exists at all should be enough to lead the Redskins to Grossman.